Welcome To The Cradle Chronicles!

These are the crazy confessions of a first time mommy, and her adventures in world "mom-ination." If you are coming to this blogsite by way of People.com, chances are you’re already familiar with my writing style and “Mommy-centric” blog fodder. If not, I'll introduce myself with this brief summary: Suffice it to say, I have kids. Two, in fact. Now, I’m not suggesting this defines me entirely, but it certainly goes a long way toward explaining my daily trials and tribulations with spit-up and dirty diapers. Which brings me to… Welcome to The Cradle Chronicles! I hope you’ll continue coming back again and again for more of my motherhood anecdotes, and I look forward to hearing from you. Please keep an eye out for my book, "Situation Momedy," to be released by Medallion Press in 2015 and feel free to follow me on Twitter too!

--Photos in Welcome section courtesy of Mimosa Arts Photography--

June 27, 2014

 

A Lil' Birthday Love

You were all exceedingly patient with me during my several months of blog intermission, and I cannot thank you enough! Hopefully you had an opportunity to read all of the crazy/fantastic/life-altering news that I divulged last week. If not, definitely go back and check it out!! Since I spilled so many secrets in my last post, I thought I’d be slightly less loquacious this time around. Instead, here’s a little nod to the celebratory fun we had on Gray’s birthday.

So… LET THERE BE CAKE!!!

 

Let There Be Cake! (Or At Least Cupcake…)

 

I think it probably goes without saying, but we celebrated Gray’s second birthday back in May, when it actually transpired. That said, I’ve been on blog hiatus for so long, I missed getting to share it with all of you. I thought you’d appreciate a few photos from her special day… after all, you only turn two once!

 

Happy Birthday!!

 

Until next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

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June 20, 2014
BRAD BRATCHER, GRAY BRATCHER, JENNA VON OY

Celebrity Wife Swap! ©Mark Levine/ABC

 

I’m baaaaaack!!! (She says in her creepiest, most haunting Poltergeist voice.)

I know I’ve been missing in action for the last several months, and I pray you’ll all forgive my absence. I can only hope said absence made your hearts grow fonder, despite my use of that unoriginal and timeworn cliché.

Yes, it’s true. I took 8 (EIGHT!!!) weeks off from blog writing, both here on The Cradle Chronicles and on my People.com blog. I swore I would never take a vacation from them, but exceptional circumstances called for exceptional measures. No, I wasn’t trekking through the Arctic, or meditating with Tibetan monks, or traversing the wild jungles of the Amazon. It was nothing quite that adventurous. Or was it? I promised myself I would spend my “off” weeks stocking up on intriguing new posts, collecting hilarious parenting stories to relay, and trying out new recipes to tantalize your taste buds. But you know what I did instead? I took extended naps with my sweet baby girl. I read her stories, played dollhouse and dress-up, and took her outside to blow giant bubbles. We watched summer roll out it’s green carpet, planted our vegetable garden, read books, sang silly songs, admired the fireflies illuminating our yard, and shared homemade blueberry muffins. We baked pretend cookies, viewed so many Sesame Street repeats that I now know them all by heart, and drew pictures of dogs that vaguely resembled cats. Which, thankfully, no one was judging. We laughed, and snuggled, and acted silly together. We took a small family road trip to North Carolina, and celebrated two birthdays (Gray’s and mine), as well as Mother’s Day. Grand adventures, indeed! And all the while, I blatantly ignored any and all writing. But can you blame me? I’m incredibly proud of my lazy and idle blog intermission. Sometimes I get so caught up in writing about the joys of parenting that I don’t leave myself quite as much time to live the joys of parenting. So here I am, eight weeks later, with “nothing” to show for my hiatus… Nothing, that is, except the most wonderful moments spent with a husband and little girl who undoubtedly deserve them more than a blog does! And that means nothing short of everything to me. Lo’ and behold, a break was just what the doctor ordered. More specifically, it was just what the baby ordered.

No, not the baby that you’re already familiar with (who’s now two-going-on twenty, I swear!) I’m referring to the baby in my belly that will be making her big debut at the beginning of November.

Yes, you read me right. WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER BABY!!!

We will be welcoming another little girl into our family in a few months (I’m 20 weeks along), and we couldn’t be more elated and enchanted. Our hearts are overflowing with love, and Gray is simply over the moon about becoming a big sister! She kisses my belly daily, and tells me she’s “watching out for the baby.” I have no doubt this is true.

We're Having A Baby!

We’re Having A Baby!

In large part, my blogging downtime had to do with my pregnancy; I was beyond exhausted. Not to mention, it’s tough to write a blog when you’re making a mad dash for the toilet every ten minutes! It also happens that I promised the good folks at Celebrity Wife Swap we could reveal our baby news on their program. Now, it may strike you as a bit out of character that I agreed to the show in the first place, and normally I wouldn’t disagree. But you know what? I couldn’t be more thrilled that I participated. I’m eating my own “I’d never be caught dead on a reality show” words these days. The fact is it wound up being a once in a lifetime adventure, and a bizarre/refreshing/thought-provoking social experiment, to say the least. After turning down all reality television offers prior to this one, folks have been pondering what motivated me to change my outlook. Essentially, that curiosity got the better of me. The challenge of being in someone else’s home, living in their (as it happens, very fancy) shoes for a week, and walking away with a dose of self-reflection and inspiration, was just too intriguing to pass up. It was also a brilliant reminder of just how much my husband and I love one another and how perfectly we fit. There’s always more to learn in this lifetime, and I don’t expect my parenting or marriage education to end any time soon. I embrace being a work in progress. Needless to say, the Celebrity Wife Swap journey was definitely the learning experience I’d hoped for! For those of you who aren’t tempted by the theatrical melodrama that is reality television, or who don’t typically get excited about the lives of kooky celebrities, you may not have been planning to tune into my upcoming appearance. But if you change your mind and feel like joining the adventure, please watch as I swap lives with Jill Zarin of The Real Housewives of New York on July 15th at 10pm ET/9pm CT on ABC!! This down-home Nashville girl wound up in the posh social scene of The Hamptons, for Pete’s sake, so you don’t want to miss it! Please also join me that night as I LIVE TWEET during the episode. I imagine my sarcasm will be running amuck.

But back to the baby news.

Since Celebrity Wife Swap may or may not wind up making a deliberate reveal of my pregnancy in the final cut of the episode, they’ve gone ahead and given me the thumbs up on making my special announcement now. As you know, I try to be as open and honest as possible with all of you. Consequently, I felt it was too difficult to blog my way through the first and second trimester without mentioning something as significant and life altering as having another baby! It was a tough secret to keep, even for this long, and we definitely have a lot to catch up on now.

Cuddling During the Blog Intermission

Cuddling During the Blog Intermission

Next month, I’m looking forward to sharing more about the little one who’s on her way, to report on the latest and greatest with Gray, and to give you updates on my work endeavors. But before I go, I should also mention that Blossom is about to be back on television for the first time in 15 years!! It will be premiering on July 7th at 10pm ET/7pm PT on the Hub Network. Yes, the era of floppy flowered hats and “very special episodes” is about to be bestowed upon a whole new generation of television watchers. Long live the “Whoa!,” the flannel shirts, the fast talking, and all of my acne-ridden awkward phases. Not to mention, the dancing. Oh, the dancing! See? As promised, I’ve truly returned, in all of my acerbic glory. I’m back, and bigger than ever! (In case you were wondering, that’s a self-deprecating preggo joke, not a puffed up observation about my popularity.)

 

Until next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

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  • Desiree says:

    Congratulations on your new addition! Gray will make a wonderful big sister!

  • Jennifer says:

    Ahhh! Congrats Jenna! This news was certainly worth the wait. I hope you’re feeling well and have regained some energy by now. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read about all things pregnancy very soon. I also can’t wait to jump on the second baby train myself, too!! ;)

  • Chris says:

    CONGRATS ON HAVING ANOTHER BABY GIRL, JENNA!!!!!

June 13, 2014

So… I’m not really back. I pinky swear. I know this looks like I’m back, but I’m not. You know, lest I get into trouble for not following the orders I received that sounded a lot like “no blogging about your life secrets until next week.” So I’m not really back. This is actually just a mirage, a figment of your overactive imagination, a hallucination of epic proportions that somehow resembles my words on your screen. Isn’t it amazing what the mind is capable of?

But I digress.

Since this post doesn’t really exist, I should tell you that next week will be the true display of magic.

No, Mary Poppins will not be descending upon your household to nanny your children while you have all-day massages, nor will Harry Potter be stopping by to teach you how to clean your house with the mere flick of a wand. It’s not that kind of magic; keep dreaming. Rather, it’s the sort of magic that happens following a woman’s promise not to blog about the goings on in her life for three months. Because three months is a LONG time to ask a chatterbox like me to keep her mouth shut! Nonetheless, I will officially be back in blogging business before you can say “Abracadabra.” Until then, I’m posting some teasers about my return. Without, of course, giving away those aforementioned secrets. I hope. Of course, if you just head over to People.com later this week, you might get to read that official blog early. I’m just saying.

Today’s teaser has absolutely nothing to do with my *magic* return, as Father’s Day deserves it’s own blog. Hence, a little photo of the month for you, in honor of my baby’s daddy…

 

Daddy & Gray-- "Planting"

Daddy & Gray– “Planting”

 

Back in May, we started our yearly vegetable and herb garden. This year, we even spruced up our front yard by planting some Gardenias and mulching! A very ambitious endeavor, if I do say so myself. Anyway, Brad & Gray had some beautiful (albeit filthy) father/daughter time outside, while I made us all lunch. Their efforts yielded a happy garden AND a happy photo!

 

Until next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

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  • Kim Q says:

    I’m going to guess that you wrote a book. :) I guess I will find out soon. All the best to you and your sweet family.

  • NW Mama says:

    what a great photo. Love to see sweet little girl’s getting dirty in the yard with their dad. so precious.
    Just read the people article about you expanding your family, now how did I guess that back in April??? Mommies are good at guessing these things, lol.. Congrats to you and your family 2 little girls are so much fun! can’t wait until you start blogging for real again. Much love to you and yours.

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June 6, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 30, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 23, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 16, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 9, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 2, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

April 25, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

 

 

  • Kim Q says:

    All the best!

  • NW Mamma says:

    Good luck with your new project, soooooooooooooo does this mean Gray is going to get a sibling “I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! ”
    I hope so, because you and your hubby make beautiful children. If not, that’s okay too. I love to read your blogs, will check in a little later to find out the news.
    Just found out that my oldest daughter is expecting, so here we go again with a baby in house, so excited!!!